Bur­saries for mil­i­tary vet­er­ans

Grocott's Mail - - ECONOMIX - STAFF RE­PORTER

About 9 000 mil­i­tary vet­er­ans and their de­pen­dents will this year be fur­ther­ing their ed­u­ca­tion – thanks to bur­saries from the Depart­ment of Mil­i­tary Vet­er­ans (DMV).

Of the 9 000 ben­e­fi­cia­ries, 5 000 con­tin­u­ing stu­dents while the rest, con­sti­tute new ben­e­fi­cia­ries.

“Pro­vi­sion of qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion to mil­i­tary vet­er­ans and de­pen­dents con­tin­ues to be a pri­or­ity in the depart­ment. Ed­u­ca­tion is a con­sti­tu­tional right of mil­i­tary vet­er­ans and their de­pen­dents, as it is for all the cit­i­zens of South Africa,” Depart­ment’s Act­ing Di­rec­tor­Gen­eral Max Ozin­sky said on Wed­nes­day.

How­ever, in­crease in the de­mand for ed­u­ca­tion sup­port has pre­sented huge fi­nan­cial and ad­min­is­tra­tive chal­lenges, Ozin­sky said.

“The chal­lenges are be­ing at­tended to through con­sul­ta­tions with var­i­ous stake­hold­ers, such as Na­tional Trea­sury, the De­part­ments of Ba­sic Ed­u­ca­tion and Higher Ed­u­ca­tion and other rel­e­vant in­sti­tu­tions,” said Ozin­sky.

He also called on stake­hold­ers, busi­ness, labour and civil so­ci­ety to help by work­ing with the depart­ment in en­sur­ing that equal­ity ed­u­ca­tion is pro­vided to mil­i­tary vet­er­ans and their de­pen­dants.

“This will go a long way in con­tribut­ing to sus­tain­able, so­cial and eco­nomic devel­op­ment of the coun­try, as well as en­hanc­ing so­cial co­he­sion and na­tion build­ing.”

The depart­ment has to date pro­vided sup­port to ap­prox­i­mately 5 800 ed­u­ca­tion ben­e­fi­cia­ries, to the tune of R142 mil­lion against the ini­tial bud­get of R26.4 mil­lion in both ba­sic and ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion.

As part of the Mil­i­tary Vet­er­ans Ben­e­fits Reg­u­la­tions (MVBR), mil­i­tary vet­er­ans also have ac­cess to crit­i­cal ben­e­fits such as hous­ing, health, burial sup­port, pen­sions, job cre­ation and place­ments as well as busi­ness sup­port.

-SAnews.gov.za

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